Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Court gossip.



Who is Taki?
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And who is not, huh?  I came across a post on Prince Albert of Monaco claiming the Prince kidnapped and drugged the woman he supposedly forced into marriage.  (Grounds for annulment!)  Taki Theodoracopulos, a Greek socialite - or former playboy-sportsman turned conservative pundit/journalist, thus making himself appealing to the 'always right' wing, who supposedly makes a living denouncing vulgarity amongst the rich and famous, claims to have intimate knowledge on what goes on in the Court of Monaco.  Maybe he does, since he  appears to suggest the Prince is some sort of latter day Marquis De Sade with rumors that he plays around - quite roughly - with male and female sex partners - in groups.  How very French.  So how is it that such a story isn't red hot news all over the MSM/Hollywood gossip circuit?  He drugged his wife and forced her to marry him in a ceremony broadcast on TV?  C'mon!  That's a Dynasty script. 
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Maybe the reason no one takes the story seriously is  because few people care or follow anything Greek in these days of economic collapse, and maybe because what goes on in the Las Vegas-style Principality of Monaco stays in Monaco.  That said, I suppose the story is always good titillation for the fans of courtly romance novels.
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So why do I pay any attention to this kind of trash?
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I knew you would ask.  Although it's a tacky story, about tacky people, fueling tacky monarchist fantasies, that is not my focus - or maybe it is?  No.  The real issue which got my attention was Taki and the following tacky statement in reaction to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case:
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"Which brings me to yet another shady person, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a man I have never met. Duly associating Frenchness with class privilege, it is no secret that groping the lower classes has been a French—as well as British—habit since time immemorial. The French elite are unabashed about double standards. Strauss-Kahn has been accused of groping women throughout his life, first as a professor at the elite École Supérieure, then as a top civil servant and head of the IMF. The details of Strauss-Kahn and the African hotel maid in New York are well-known.
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Did you by any chance, dear readers, know that merely because a woman is a prostitute, the legal penalty for raping her is the same as if she were a virgin?" - Source
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"Did you by any chance, dear readers, know that merely because a woman is a prostitute, the legal penalty for raping her is the same as if she were a virgin?"  That's what annoyed me.  Please correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to me Taki just might believe that particular rule of law is unfair too. 
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These people are all cut from the same rotted cloth - and yet some people feed on the gossip which surrounds them.
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Thanks to Western Confucian for the 'story'.
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Photo:  Princess Grace, Albert II's mother.  Reading some of the royal watcher's notes to this story, one might think that the royal family of Monaco was so tacky they had to class it up with the marriage of Prince Ranier to an American movie star.  Wouldn't that make Monaco Comedy Central?

3 comments:

  1. +JMJ+

    Terry, I know you once said that you don't think of yourself as a writer just because you have a blog (which I wish more bloggers could realise about themselves), but I like the style of this post very much.

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  2. About DSK's accuser, the context makes it clear that Taki was coming to her defense.

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  3. Thanks Joshua - I wasn't sure.

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